April Power Rankings (cont.)
6. Jay Mariotti, Around The Horn panelist
7. Michael Strahan, Giant defensive end: His disgraceful behavior against ESPN's Kelly Naqi in 2006 notwithstanding, the Giants defensive end and broadcaster-in-waiting came off remarkably well on Costas Now. He out-jousted WFAN host Chris Russo, offering well-thought opinions on how athletes perceive sports-talk radio. The segment with Russo, Strahan and Detroit Free Press columnist Mitch Albom was by far the show's strongest.
8. Billy Bush, NBC Sports freelancer: Hard for me to take any e-mail from NBC Sports seriously after this exchange during its extended Derby coverage:
Bush to Hugh Hefner: Using a horse reference, you are a quite the stallion.
Playmate standing next to Hugh Hefner: (Makes sound of horse).
Bush: And the fillies are beautiful by the way, too. (Hollywood laughter). In horse racing, when they get 4 years old, they're done. You're 83 and still galloping. What's the secret?
9. Dan Burton, U.S. congressman and Roger Clemens supporter: With women coming out of the woodwork at the speed of Ron LeFlore ("It's raining women, and Roger Clemens' confidants are telling him to wise up and get out of the storm," reported the Daily News, with seeming glee), Burton's performance during the Congressional hearings ("Roger Clemens is a titan!") gets more comical and gasbaggy by the day.
10. Harold Reynolds, SNY baseball analyst: The rehabilitation tour for Reynolds is in full swing and I expect him to eventually land with either Fox (where he has close ties), TBS or the Baseball Network in the near future .That will be a mistake, in my opinion, and I'll keep it strictly to his TV work: Exposure does not equal excellence. Few baseball people got more airtime on ESPN and here is what Reynolds consistently provided: vanilla commentary. He was also a player apologist of Rashadian-proportions. (ESPN clearly disagreed with me; they signed Reynolds to a six-year deal in 2006.) This interview, however, we quite enjoyed.